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California DMV offices closed for half day for REAL ID training

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Posted at 9:14 AM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 12:15:55-04

(KGTV) - Department of Motor Vehicles offices across California are opening later than usual Wednesday due to training regarding the REAL ID program.

DMV branches around the state are set to open at 1 p.m., after employees at 183 field offices, commercial drive test centers, and industry business centers complete “Operation Excellence.”

DMV officials are expecting a major surge in REAL ID applications, and they said Wednesday’s training would “equip employees with the tools they need to handle an unprecedented volume of REAL ID applications.”

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The goal of the training is to make transactions faster and prevent long lines at DMV locations.

Starting Oct. 1, 2020, Californians will be required to have a REAL ID-complaint license or identification card, or passport, to fly within the U.S.

DMV Call Centers are open during the closure, and customers can conduct business online at www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv.

The improvements at DMV offices come after an announement from Gov. Gavin Newsom that changes are being made to how the department conducts its business.

Among the changes coming are upgrades to the DMV website, the acceptance of credit cards on the website, and new leadership in the department.